Residency of two parish candidates challenged

Published 12:04 am Sunday, December 13, 2015

VIDALIA — Two of the candidates who qualified to run for office in Concordia Parish’s March municipal elections will see their candidacies challenged in court next week.

In Vidalia, District 1 Alderman Triand “Tron” McCoy filed a contest to the candidacy of Joseph Leroy “Bobo” McCoy, who qualified to run as a resident of 309 S. Spruce St.

Under the law, aldermen candidates have to reside in the district in which they have qualified for at least one year prior to the qualifying date. Tron McCoy’s petition states that “it is the understanding and belief of (Tron McCoy) that Joseph Leroy McCoy has not been domiciled and actually resided in District 1, Town of Vidalia, Concordia Parish, Louisiana for a period of one year prior to the date of qualification, which was Dec. 3.”

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Joseph McCoy said Friday he was not aware of Tron McCoy’s challenge to his candidacy, but that he did not believe it was a valid challenge.

“My residence has been here for two years, when I moved back in 2013 from California,” he said. “I moved back into the house I grew up in.”

Judge Harry Randow signed an order Thursday for Joseph McCoy to appear in court at 9 a.m. Monday to prove why he shouldn’t be disqualified.

Judge Kathy Johnson likewise signed an order Thursday in a similar challenge in the race for Clayton’s chief of police.

In that case, candidate Bobby Madison says that current Chief Clarence “Papa” Skipper has not been a resident of the Town of Clayton for a period of one year before qualifying for the race.

Johnson’s order likewise calls for Skipper to appear in court at 9 a.m. Monday.

Skipper could not be reached for comment Friday.